War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0382 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS, August 21, 1864-8.40 a.m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

What did the firing mean this morning?

B. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, August 21, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel KENSEL:

There is very heavy firing now going on five or six miles south of this apparently, probably a severe regiment on the left. It is too far to hear musketry.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, August 21, 1864.

Colonel KENSEL,

Chief of Staff:

The firing this a.m. was a shelling along the whole line just as much as we have half for three mornings previous. I suppose it was intended to annoy us.

ORD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 21, 1864-10.30 a.m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you open your batteries upon the enemy.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

(Same to Brigadier-General Mott.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 21, 1864-10.35 a.m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that in addition to opening your batteries upon the enemy, you make every demonstration of attack upon them.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

(Same to Brigadier-General Mott.)